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The Guardian view on the Uber drivers ruling: a challenge to government | Editorial

It is difficult to think of ways in which Friday’s supreme court ruling on the employment status of Uber drivers could have been more emphatic or conclusive than it was. The six justices agreed unanimously to uphold a groundbreaking employment tribunal finding made against the company in 2016. Uber drivers, the court confirmed, are not…
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February 19, 2021 0

Uber drivers are workers, UK supreme court rules

The UK supreme court has ruled against Uber operating companies and concluded that drivers should be classed as workers, not independent third-party contractors. Seven justices delivered the ruling on Friday in the latest round of a long-running fight between Uber operating companies and drivers. Lawyers said the ruling meant drivers would be entitled to basic…
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February 19, 2021 0

‘I can’t keep doing this’: gig workers say pay has fallen after California’s Prop 22

Weeks after Proposition 22 went into effect in California and exempted some major tech firms from fully complying with labor laws, workers for rideshare and delivery apps in the state claim poor working conditions have persisted and pay has decreased. Drivers and labor groups opposed Prop 22, saying it would allow companies to sidestep their…
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February 18, 2021 0

Uber Eats avoids landmark ruling on workers’ status by settling case with delivery rider

Uber has settled a high-profile case with one of its food delivery riders, avoiding a landmark ruling on whether gig economy workers are employees or contractors, experts say. The Australian arm of the multinational company settled with former Uber Eats delivery rider Amita Gupta before the full bench of the federal court could rule on…
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December 30, 2020 0

Covid: Sunak mulls tougher VAT rules for Uber drivers and Airbnb landlords

Rishi Sunak is considering toughening up VAT rules for the Uber drivers and Airbnb landlords central to the rapidly expanding sharing economy as the Treasury considers ways of repairing the damage to the public finances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The chancellor has taken the first steps towards increasing the government’s VAT revenues with the…
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December 9, 2020 0

Family of Uber Eats rider killed in Sydney files workers’ compensation claim in test for gig economy

The family of an Uber Eats rider killed in Australia this year has filed a workers’ compensation claim against Uber, in what could become a landmark case for the gig economy. Five delivery riders have died in Australia since the end of September. Dede Fredy, a 36-year-old Uber Eats worker from Indonesia, died on 27…
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December 8, 2020 0